Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Out in Wyoming

How do gay men in Wyoming use Grindr to connect online?

Trauma, PTSD, and Memory Distortion

One of the cruelest aspects of PTSD is that traumatic memories intensify over time, contributing to its progressive nature. This phenomenon may have once had value for humans.

EgyptAir: Now What?

The cause will not be officially determined for some time. But no airliner has come apart in mid-air due to technical failure in more than sixty years.

5 Ways to Help Kids After a Disaster

As natural disasters like the wildfires in Fort McMurray increase in frequency, there are 5 simple things we can do to help children avoid the trauma of being forcibly displaced.

Brain Drain: Breaking Down the Concussion Injury

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on May 18, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Most people don't respect the dynamics of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Herein, breaking down the neurology so we can all give the injury its credit.

Consciousness Revealed

The "Play of Consciousness" is the organizing principle for consciousness. Trauma in childhood and all throughout life creates traumatic plays.This is the cause of human suffering.

Resolving the Trauma You Didn't Know You Had

We've all experienced some degree of trauma. How well we cope in our lives today greatly depends on how much we are willing to recognize and make sense of these experiences.

When You're Triggered by Mother's Day

By Anneli Rufus on May 11, 2016 in Stuck
If you've been toxically parented, you'll find yourself conflicted at times like this. You're not alone, and your reluctance to buy flowers is not your fault.

The Wounds of Childhood Can Be Healed

Most of us know that growing up can leave emotional scars. New research in neurobiology reveals a promising path for understanding and healing childhood trauma.

From Nail Polish to Post-Traumatic Growth?

Burdened by negative events? Two powerful lessons on how to turn these into opportunities for growth.

Jacqui Dillon on the Hearing Voices Network

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jacqui Dillon on the Hearing Voices Network.

The Trauma of Emotionally Toxic Parenting

By Anneli Rufus on May 04, 2016 in Stuck
Verbally abusive parents can cause lifelong trauma.

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

PTSD: How dogs can help

Blast Injury: Coping With the Unexpected!

When life presents us with unexpected challenges like the Boston Marathon bombing, there is always a way to cultivate resiliency and recover a healthy life.

Bernadette Grosjean on "From Locked in to Locked Out"

The future of mental health interview series continues with Bernadette Grosjean on sufferers who were previously "locked in" institutions and who are now "locked out" of services.

The Rising Epidemic of Anxiety in Children and Teens

Anxiety rates are rising in children and teens. Read on to learn more about this huge problem and ways to manage it.

Leah Harris on Mental Health as a Social Justice Issue

The future of mental health interview series continues with Leah Harris on mental health as a social justice issue.

The Power of Public Grief

Community candelight vigils are super depressing. Here's why you should go anyway.

Stress and Your Heart

Much more than a pump, our heart has a brain with left and right hemispheric nodes that conduct the cellular symphony that is the very essence of our being.

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Inside the Psychological Care for Refugees in Germany

How do therapists work through linguistic and cultural barriers to help their trauma-afflicted clients?
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The Changing Faces of Trauma

By Arieh Y. Shalev on April 21, 2016 in Unraveling Trauma
To develop a serious discussion about trauma and post-traumatic psychopathology we need to overcome our addiction to diagnostic criteria, else we will continue to err.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a quickly escalating problem that’s more likely to occur in an addictive personality. It's important to be careful with how you conduct your romantic life online.

Talking Out Military Sexual Trauma

By Eric Newhouse on April 18, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Jennifer Sluga told the VA's "poet-in-residence," Thor Ringler, about her sexual abuse so her VA caregivers would understand her concerns, but it became a liberating experience.

After a Terrorist Attack

Terrorism is a variation of psychological and actual war. It is plugged into our emotionally related memory, located mainly in the hippocampus.

5 Ways Your Worst Experiences Can Bring Out the Best in You

Research shows how really good things can stem from really bad experiences.

Putting on the Brakes as You Move Ahead

How to "put on the breaks" and gently pace treatment when a client has rekindled emotions from a previous trauma

The Secret to Writing Transformative Poetry

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
For years, poetry has been used as part of therapeutic practice. The beauty of poetry is that it succinctly helps us get in touch with our innermost feelings with words and images.

All Psychotherapy Is Feminist

Every contemporary therapy is feminist therapy or it is unethical and unapproved.

Robert Foltz on Adolescent Residential Treatment

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Foltz on adolescent residential treatment.